In response to this question, our party proposes the following actions: Develop EU-wide standards to ensure minimum working conditions for researchers. This includes healthcare, parental leave, sick leave, unemployment benefits, pension schemes and residence permits for non-EU researchers. Support the creation and enforcement of EU directives and regulations that enforce these standards across Member States, ensuring a coherent approach to researchers’ working conditions. Establishment of a system of regular checks for the compliance of the Member States with the agreed standards. This could include periodic reports from member states to an EU body tasked with monitoring researchers’ working conditions. Implement a robust mechanism to collect and analyze data on researchers’ working conditions, mobility and social security coverage. Providing incentives to Member States to adopt and adhere to the recommended standards. This could include access to special EU funds or grants for those who demonstrate significant improvements in researchers’ working conditions. Offer technical assistance to Member States to implement the standards, including best practices for the integration of social security systems and support for the development of the necessary infrastructure. Simplify and harmonize the procedures for obtaining residence permits and work permits for non-EU researchers, who will have access to the same social security benefits as EU citizens. Working with universities, research institutions and organizations representing researchers to ensure their needs and concerns are addressed during the implementation process. Organize public awareness campaigns to highlight the importance of improving researchers’ working conditions and the benefits it brings to the EU’s innovation and research landscape. Creation of a special office within the European Commission, responsible for overseeing the implementation of policies related to the working conditions of researchers. Create feedback mechanisms, such as surveys and forums, where researchers can share their experiences and suggest improvements to policies and implementation.

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